Prevalence of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Among US Ambulatory Care Visits, 2010–2011

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(Abstracted from JAMA 2016;315(17):1864–1873)

Antibiotic-resistant infections, driven by inappropriate outpatient antibiotic use, are widespread in the United States. A number of initiatives, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) have been undertaken to promote appropriate outpatient antibiotic use; however, the fraction that is inappropriate and has to be reduced is not known.

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